I sat in on the dress rehearsal for the Orange Players production of Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound on Thursday night.
For a play that seemed plagued with bad luck from the get-go, with a long search for a director (They were blessed to get Kevin Miller), the lead actor dropping out in the middle of rehearsals and another actor dealing with a death in the family this week as well as losing two days of rehearsal time due to the Amity referendum on Wednesday, I had no idea how this show could possibly open on time and be any good.
After the first scene it was obvious that this would be another Orange Players classic.
The young guys who play brothers Eugene and Stan are very good with all the energy one needs in a fast moving Neil Simon comedy.
Stan has a Jackie Gleason quality, perfect for the character.
Grampa is wonderfully oblivious and (the boys’ Mom) Kate is beaten down and a little cynical.
Jack is Kate’s absentee husband who spends more time at work than at home. Is he stepping out on Kate or just working hard?
Kate’s sister, Blanche is a well-to-do woman who worries about her mother’s well-being and wishes her parents could get along.
The program was being printed, so, unfortunately the actors’ names are not included here. But go see the show, it’s delightful and clever and well worth the cost of the ticket.
“Broadway Bound, one of the semi-autobiographical trilogy comedies by Neil Simon, is a warm and gently humorous play. Here we find Eugene and his older brother Stanley trying to break into the world of show business as professional comedy writers while coping with their parents break-up and eventual divorce. When their material is broadcast on the radio for the first time, the family is upset to hear a thinly-veiled portrait of them played for laughs and the fun begins.”
Performances are Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m. and Saturday May 9 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.
For tickets, call the box office at 203.988.5335, email Orangep[email protected], or use the PayPal link on the tickets page.
Tickets are $20 each. Cabaret-style seating. Bring your own munchies, food, and beverage of choice. No Set-ups will be provided.